How Status Quo Bias Affects Minorities

“How it’s always been done” is the prevailing excuse for continuing any action regardless of how destructive it is. The status quo is a powerful influencer. It affects all parties involved: those deciding, those empowered by the status quo (i.e. majority), and those disadvantaged by the status quo (i.e. minority). The effect being over-comfortable with […]

This Is How Your Outreach Becomes Affected By False Consensus Bias

We tend to base our answers, assumptions, and perceptions on our collective experiences. If you’ve never talked to a wide selection of black people about their run-ins with police, judges, etc, you’ll assume more about how blacks views the issue of politic brutality. If you’ve never made the effort to discover what particular people think […]

History Isn’t Decided By Fixed Trends

Where is history trending? How you answer that depends on your ideology. A Marxist will answer that question differently than compared to a technologist, or a Christian. But the one thing they all have in common is this… Each of their views of historical trends are impossible to prove. We don’t actually know whether history […]

Illustrating The Racial Breakdown of Crime Stats Is Irrelevant

There’s nothing better (for me, personally) than having my assumptions challenged, and running into new ways of thinking about the issues. This is one of those times. This time, I had the privilege of coming across T. Greg Doucette’s twitterstorm on the irrelevance of demographic breakdown of crime stats. More specifically, how wrong the assumptions pulled […]

Capital Punishment Does Not Align With Our Values

Mainland China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea would likely register among most Americans’ lists as rogue regimes whose values fundamentally differ from ours. These are nations that have few qualms torturing their citizens. Our alliance with Saudi Arabia is one of necessity, but Americans, rightly, continue to hold deep suspicions regarding the regime. Iran […]

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